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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / J&Dís skateboard
« on: August 07, 2020, 07:59:33 AM »
I received a notice on Facebook that musician Wayne Fontana of the Mindbenders passed away. The article was in The Sun, a British newspaper, August 7, 2020. Scrolling down to check out the pictures, I came across one of Wayne, holding of all things, a Jan and Dean Sidewalk Surfer. Not sure how he got his hands on one of these. But to see a J&D skateboard with a British rocker, I thought it was kind of odd. Actually, to see anybody with one of those boards has to be a rare sight. Any thoughts out there?

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / The girls on the cover of Mark's book
« on: October 30, 2018, 09:51:16 AM »
Does anyone know the identities of the 3 girls that are on the cover of Mark's book, The Jan & Dean Record?  According to Dean in his latest book, it seems that photo by his sister took place at Columbia Recording Studio in April 1966. Possibly on the 6th. Mark also confirms that date but there is no mention of the 3. The only vocalist listed were Jan & Dean.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Put a Dodge in your garage, Honey
« on: September 23, 2018, 12:31:11 PM »
While re-reading Mark's great book recently, I came across the subject with Kathryn Minner, the little old lady who was on a local Dodge dealer's ad. Her tag line was "put a Dodge in your garage, honey!" Something clicked in me that I heard or saw that phrase somewhere else. With nothing much to do one day(it was probably raining), I did a little detective work and got out my trusty magnifying glass. For those of you with good eyesight, check out the back cover of the Ride The Wild Surf LP. See the Little Old Lady From Pasadena album(among others)? Look very closely at that album cover where the titles of the songs are and you'll see the words "Put a Dodge in your garage, Honey." How did that song title get there? Was that an art department goof? Was Jan working on a song with that title? And lastly, does SurferMike have that much free time to be looking at J&D back covers with a magnifying glass like Sherlock Holmes? Forget that last question. Someone else spotted that before I did but I can't remember. Maybe Mike Kelly in his Sunshine Music fanzine. Dave, can you help us out (that is is those of us who are wondering)?Anybody else have an answer?

Jan & Dean's buddies, The Beach Boys, are on Sirius channel 4 all Memorial weekend. Playing rarely heard songs as well as unreleased tracks. Just heard the live Little Old Lady From Pasadena (1964). Check it out if you can. Maybe they'll throw in a J&D tune. Happy Memorial Day to all.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Lloyd Thaxton Show
« on: May 04, 2018, 09:55:47 AM »
Does anyone know the deal with The Lloyd Thaxton Show and why none can be found with Jan & Dean? According to Mark's book, they were on numerous times. I even remember Mike Kelly included a great color photo in his Sunshine Music fanzine. It was taken during one of Lloyd's shows with Jan still in his leg cast. I hope these shows weren't erased or destroyed like they did with other programs back in the day. I'm guessing it was a local Los Angeles show and not shown nationally. Has anybody seen J&D on his show when it originally ran?

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Jan's 1958 Corvette
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:41:13 AM »
There is one slight correction I'd like to address in Mark's book pertaining to Jan's 1958 Corvette that he sold to Jim Blanchard in August 1963. It was advertised as a black hdtp (hardtop). Starting with the first generation of Corvettes, 1953-1962, all were convertibles. In 1956, the first auxiliary hardtop was offered as an option. This meant that the owner would fold down the soft top under the back deck lid, and then attach, or bolt on this hardtop. Since it was the same color of the car body, it looked like one complete car. Usually in the summer, the hardtop was removed and stored away. Now your car was back with a choice of you keeping the folding top up or hidden down for nice weather driving. The car was never converted to a soft top - it always had one. In Jan's ad, hdtp meant his black Corvette came with the optional hardtop. Sting Rays of 1963 -1967 gave you a choice of convertible, also with an optional hardtop, or a coupe (one piece body) that both J&D had.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Our favorite Jan & Dean songs
« on: February 10, 2018, 09:22:39 AM »
I'm sure we all have our favorite J & D songs from their vast catalog. I can pick out two without a moment of hesitation. Both have been favorites of mine for decades and both were first done by other artists! The 1st and all best song for me is Summer Means Fun. I first heard it when I bought the Gotta Take That One Last Ride double LP and 8 track cassette. 43 years later, that song still knocks me off my feet (or surfboard)! The Legendary Masked Surfers 45 version is even better. Thanks for that one Dean. Simple,innocent words about our youth we can all relate to and a great melody all rolled into one. Listen to the wooo's in the middle and end of the song. Genius production! Nothing comes close except my second favorite. And that one is a Beatle song! From Command Performance, I Should Have Known Better. This has been a favorite of mine as long as I can remember. Before you start booing, listen to Hal Blaine's count down to start the song and hear the Wrecking Crew come blasting in with full force. Jan's vocal has never been better and the arrangement of the music is perfect. Jan took John Lennon's song and made it a masterpiece in my opinion. I know Summer Means Fun was a Fantastic Baggys song, but look what Jan & Dean did to make both of these songs great. Give them another listen. How can you not love 'em!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Jan's Corvette Sting Rays
« on: September 26, 2017, 08:31:51 AM »
I'd like to clear up something in Marks book about Jan's 1966 Corvette (hope we have some 'vette fans out there). All the options (or accessories) , and there were quite a few,were indicated except engine type. Since it was not specified, it was the base 327-300 horsepower that came with no extra charge. Dean's was the larger optioned 427 engine (L72), most likely 425 HP. There was a milder 427 (L36) with 390 HP. As for the picture of Jan's car, I can see the ignition  shielding just in front of the air cleaner (also close by is the dipstick for the Powerglide). That type or shape of shielding belongs to the 300HP engine. Shielding came with cars if you ordered a radio. It eliminated ignition interference (static). As far as Jan's 1963 Corvette, a heater is listed as an option (accessorie). The last time that was an option ( a cost of $102.25) was in the 1961 model. 1963 did have a heater delete , option C48, and a $100 credit. Otherwise, all 1963's came with a heater at no charge. I don't mean to bore anyone with this info, but I do love these cars. I still have my 1966 Sting Ray that I've owned for 32 years and enjoy driving it to car shows, not to mention my JANNDEAN plates!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Command Performance
« on: September 19, 2017, 10:47:59 AM »
To this day, I'm not sure if I know whose voice it is during the spoken part in Dead Man's Curve. "Well doc..." part sounds like Dean talking to Jan, with Jan saying "yeah". But then it sounds like Jan saying "I know I'll never forget that tough looking chick".  "no wonder you crashed" sounds like Jan again. And who said " I guess I should've told mommy I was taking the car" ? Can anyone help with who said what? Their voices really do sound alike.

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